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  • DC Council Approves Plans For Parking Garages At Ballpark

    DC Council Unanimously Approves Parking
    Garage Plans At Nationals’ New Ballpark

    The DC Council unanimously authorized the city to partner with Western Development “on a plan to build two parking garages with condominiums and retail space on the north side” of the Nationals’ new ballpark, according to Tim Lemke of the WASHINGTON TIMES. The approval comes “despite strong objections from the Nationals’ new ownership group, which last week called the development ‘speculative’ and a threat to the city’s ability to complete the stadium project on time.” Under the plan, DC would sell the land needed for the project to Western for $61M. Western and two other developers, the Jarvis Company and Jair Lynch Companies, “would be in charge of the project, and the city would pay for the parking portion of the development.” CFO Natwar last week said that he “would not recommend the sale of the land to Western until the company finalized the financing for the deal.” He also “asked that the city be protected against any damages if Western were late in delivering the parking requirement” (WASHINGTON TIMES, 7/12). Western President Herb Miller said he is “finalizing paperwork” on his financing plan (WASHINGTON POST, 7/12).

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  • County Rejects RSL Stadium Plan, Relocation Possible

    The Salt Lake County Council voted 5-4 yesterday to reject a funding plan that would have “shifted $30[M] in hotel-tax dollars to Sandy to cover infrastructure costs” for an MLS Real Salt Lake stadium, according to Dethman & Nielson-Stowell of the DESERET NEWS. This is the second time in three months county officials have rejected a public-funding plan. Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon denied the original plan in May. Several local politicians “are hunting for options to try to keep the team in Salt Lake County.” Council member Jenny Wilson “pushed the idea of keeping” RSL at Rice-Eccles Stadium for a one-time cost of $2.5M, but the council voted against the idea. Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson again asked the council to “consider his plan to build the stadium at the Utah State Fairpark.” But Utah state Rep. Greg Curtis said that the plan “has no legislative support,” and added that the “only available option for the team to stay in Utah is for another city to hatch a plan.” RSL’s Rice-Eccles Stadium lease expires after the ’07 season (DESERET NEWS, 7/12).

    MOVE ON HORIZON? RSL Owner Dave Checketts said the vote “puts the future of the club in Utah in serious jeopardy.” MLS Commissioner Don Garber gave a “grim analysis hours after digesting the news.” Garber: “We can’t allow that team to stay in that market unless we have some vision for a soccer-specific stadium.” Checketts also owns the Blues, and there are reports that the team is “looking at moving” to St. Louis. Other potential sites include Portland, Phoenix and Rochester, New York. Anderson said that investors in Rochester “are willing to offer Checketts ‘three times’ what he paid for the franchise” (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 7/12).

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